MEMORIES | Newport this week

Public updates on Newport schools

* On December 6 at 5:30 p.m., the public and the school building committee will receive an update on the schematic design of Rogers High in the school’s NACTC building. In late December or early January, a presentation of a near-final design will be submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Education.

* A joint city council workshop will be held with the school committee on planning the school budget on December 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chamber of City Hall.

Charity Christmas tree sales

n Ongoing: Kiwanis Club of
Aquidneck Island and St. John’s
Masonic Lodge, Monday to
Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
pm, 81 Sprague St., Portsmouth.
Profits will be donated to charities
causes on the island of Aquidneck.
n November 27-28: Maher Center
Pop-up sale, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
pm, at Castle Hill Inn. The Maher
Center promotes independence and
promotes integration into housing,
employment and social engagement for people with intellectual or other disabilities.
n 4-5 Dec. : Rogers High School
Sale of trees and wreaths, from 8 a.m.
at 6 p.m., Yacht International
School parking lot Catering,
449 Thames St. Canadian Balm
wreaths, decorated by Rogers High
parents and students, will be sold,
with eight foot balsam and
Fraser trees. Students will be on
hand to help load purchases. To free
delivery is available in Newport.

December fitness

Registration is now open for December fitness classes at the Edward King House. Programs include Intermediate and Soft Yoga and Chair Yoga through Zoom. Other classes offered include fitness boxing, a balance class, Pilates and Tai Chi. Classes start the week of November 30. Prior registration is required. Register online at or complete a form in person.

NBS Annual Meeting and Awards

The 72nd annual meeting of the Norman Bird Sanctuary took place on November 18. Members, supporters and friends came together to reflect on the accomplishments of 2021. Volunteers who dedicated thousands of hours to the organization’s education, property and development services were recognized in four categories. : Education:

Amelia Clement

Properties of Garrett Roskelly:

Annie ficke

Clotilde Houze

Chuck kiven

Norma Quinn

Development and administration of Melissa Welch:

George cushman

The meeting also celebrated the life and legacy of two members of the Norman Bird Sanctuary community: Dr Lewis Arnow and Robert Weaver. Both men were dedicated conservation advocates who championed the sanctuary’s land stewardship and habitat protection efforts for many years.

A tax snapshot was also presented which included an 82% increase in visitor assistance and a 33% increase in member assistance.

“By increasing support and engaging more people through our programs, events and activities, we are able to inspire more passion for conservation and education,” said Kaity Ryan, Executive Director.

To support these efforts, a $ 150,000 grant from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation will establish a “conservation team,” a dedicated group of trained volunteers who will support stewardship and land management priorities. Those interested in volunteering should contact the Norman Bird Sanctuary.

Thanksgiving bonfire

The Rogers High School Parent Teacher Organization will be hosting a community bonfire in Easton’s Beach on November 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rogers High. The PTO asks everyone to come dressed in the school colors.

COVID-19 clinics

As part of a community collaboration to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among the Hispanic population of Newport, the East Bay Community Action Program has partnered with Conexión Latina Newport to organize bi-weekly vaccination clinics . Since the end of August, 13 vaccination clinics have been held in Conexión Latina on Broadway, vaccinating 170 adults and 109 children.

The next clinics will be held on November 30 and December 7, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Conexión Latina Newport. All clinics are open to the public and walk-in people are welcome. To register, visit

King House Vaccination / Booster Clinics

The Edward King House Seniors Center will offer COVID-19 vaccination or booster shots on November 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and November 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To make an appointment, visit, or call 401-846-7426, ext 1.

Farm animal friends trip

On December 4, the Friends of Farm Animals Rhode Island will visit the Pot Belly Manor animal rescue organization in North Kingstown. The rescue accommodates chickens, goats, oxen, pigs, llamas and rabbits. The tour is open to everyone from 10:30 am A minimum donation of $ 10 is requested. In case of bad weather, the event will be postponed. For more information, call Seaside Rabbits Sanctuary at 860-933-2589 or Wynham Farm at 401-640-0803.

NUSC / NUWC lunch

The NUSC / NUWC Retirees Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 1 at McGovern’s Restaurant, Fall River. Tickets cost $ 24 and reservations are required. To attend or for more information, contact Bev at [email protected], text or call 401-855-4292.

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